Matthew Chapman, is a great-great grandson of Charles Darwin. He is also a journalist, screenwriter and film director. His speech (video links below) at the recent AAI Convention was entertaining and insightful. (A pdf file of the speech is here)
Chapman was born in Cambridge, England. Soon after moving to the US he became interested in the creationist attacks on evolution. This led to research on the Scopes Trial and a book Trials of the Monkey: An Accidental Memoir. In 2005 he reported on the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial for Harper’s magazine and wrote a book on this: 40 Days and 40 Nights.
In his AAI speech Chapman compared the situation of religious belief in Europe and the US. He suggested that economic insecurity encourages religious belief and makes atheism and rationalism difficult. He also commented on the position of women in religion. He suggested that women were at the same time victims and major supporters of religion – a sort of Stockholm syndrome. “A feminist who believes in God,” he said, “is like a slave who has been freed but continues to live on the plantation.”
Mathew Chapman AAI speech – Part 1 (39 min)
Mathew Chapman AAI speech Part 2 questions & answers (13 min)
Mathew Chapman homepage
Darwin’s kin hears end of intelligent-design testimony
International Movie Database – Mathew Chapman
Darwin Descendant Reflects on Attacks on Evolution (audio)
Text of AAI speech
Intelligent design/creationism I: What is scientific knowledge?
Intelligent design/creationism II: Is it scientific?
Intelligent design/creationism III: The religious agenda
Intelligent design/creationism IV: The religion – science conflict
Intelligent design/creationism: Postscript
Evolution’s threat to religion?
Isaac Newton and intelligent design
Intelligent design attacks on Christianity
Intelligent design at the shopping mall